Scotland’s biggest festival TRNSMT returned for its third year with yet another incredible, sun drenched weekend. Hundreds of thousands of fans filled the Green over the three days to watch some of the world’s hottest acts.
Kicking off the first day of the festival, we saw Glasgow based rapper Kobi Onyame (well known for opening shows for Kanye West and Nas) open the King Tut’s Stage with his hip-hop, Ghanaian highlife album ‘Gold’, contrasted by a set from upbeat Northern trio Cassia.
This year introduced the brand new Queen Tut’s stage to help close the festivals’ gender play gap by supporting emerging female local talent. Opening the stage we saw singer songwriter Scarlett Randal, Power Recordz Chlobocop and Glasgow’s very own Cara Rose who brought a mix of soulful acoustics to the stage with her sublime sound.
Gerry Cinnamon returned to the festival with his anthemic debut album, Erratic Cinematic, bringing in a huge Scottish following amongst thousands of other loyal fans, who belted out tracks such as ‘Sometimes’ and ‘Belter’. Stormzy closed the Friday with his brash tracks, pleasing the Scottish crowd with a cover of Lewis Capaldi’s ‘Someone You Loved’.
Saturday was packed full of incredible artists such as Sam Fender who opened the day with ‘Play God’, ‘Spice’ and ‘Will We Talk?’ ahead of his debut album release and sold out Hypersonic Missiles tour. Sydney lads DMA’s (well known for track ‘Delete’) also played the Main stage throughout the afternoon and the Green went off when Bastille opened their set with popular track Quarter Past Midnight from their newest album, Doom Days.
The sold-out Sunday saw The Amazons open up the Main stage following the release of their second album, Future Dust, followed by Tom Grennan who had the whole crowd singing along to tracks ‘Make Em Like Me’, ‘Found What I’ve Been Looking For’ and Chase and Status’ ‘When It All Goes Wrong’.
Virgin Records’ indie sensation The Kooks played an upbeat set including well-loved track Naïve, which lead to fans on each others shoulders singing along to every lyric – creating a perfect sunny Sunday afternoon. The Wombats also took over the Main stage with their euphoric most recent album, Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life, ahead of their sold out tour.
Finishing off the third year nicely – Scotland’s own Lewis Capaldi wowed fans with his tracks ‘Hollywood’, ‘Grace’ and ‘Hold Me While You Wait’ as well as a cover of Oasis’ ‘Don’t Look Back in Anger’. Capaldi entered the stage wearing a Stormzy t-shirt and later portrayed his comical side with a Chewbacca mask – fans screamed at him, cheering him on and he thanked them for their support.
Fans had a dance to tracks such as ‘Budapest’ and ‘Paradise’ as George Ezra headlined the Main stage and fans who fancied a heavier set headed to the King Tut’s stage for Liverpool lads, Circa Waves, who smashed closing the festival with a range of tracks from their new album ‘What’s It Like Over There?’
Following the set, the band tweeted “We can’t quite get across how much we loved TRNSMT. Glasgow, we are forever yours!” – Relatable content. TRNSMT 2019 proved once again that Scottish crowds are up there with the best. The Scottish music scene is thriving, and the festival has put itself at the forefront of making changes towards better female representation.
Words by Sophie Eastham // @sophyvictoriae